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Don’t Hire For Culture Fit, Do This Instead

Don’t Hire For Culture Fit, Do This Instead

For years, it has been trendy to hire for culture fit. Culture fit is loosely defined as when “employees’ beliefs and behaviors are in alignment with their employer’s core values and company culture.” Companies ventured out in search of employees who would be a good fit with their teams, only to find that they suddenly lacked necessary diversity. So, it’s time to hire smarter. Instead of hiring for culture fit, assess candidates using these three guidelines.

Look For Cultural Complements

When you hire for culture fit, you are limiting yourself by only hiring people who are similar to you or your current team members. Instead, try interviewing for cultural complements. Assess candidates based on their goals and how well they understand your company. As Harvard Business Review explains, hiring for cultural components “moves us away from the tendency to hire people who think the same and towards a company built on diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas that complement culture while also enriching it.”

Exploring different methods of accomplishing the same goals will lead you to hire exceptional talent that may have otherwise been a culture mismatch. If you really want to jump out of your comfort zone, purposely seek out candidates that are different from your current employees. These newcomers could shake things up and break down invisible boundaries. 

Set Up A Diversity Hiring Program

Of course, every company needs to abide by equal employment opportunity laws. However, it’s a great idea to go a step further and implement diversity hiring initiatives. In fact, your competitors are already doing it. Companies such as Intel will pay up to $4,000 in bonuses to employees who refer a woman, minority, or veteran to their workforce. Develop a diversity initiative and get everyone involved. Initiate staff training, team-building activities, and inclusion awareness company-wide events. Be sure to communicate your diversity programs early and often to keep them top of mind! This will ensure that your entire organization understands and supports your mission to diversify. 

Partner With A Recruiting Team

Inclusive hiring is one of the many unsung benefits of partnering with a recruiting firm. Because we have an exclusive network of nationwide candidates, we have a pulse on the diamonds in the rough. We understand candidates’ qualifications beyond what’s on paper. Our dual vetting process goes deeper than an ATS screening. When we submit a candidate, you can rest assured that they are qualified, excited about your opportunity, and meet any expectations you set forth. 

Are you ready to improve your hiring process? Set up a consultation with one of our recruiting experts today! We can help you hire the diverse talent you need to take your company to the next level.

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3 Tips For Maximizing Your Hiring With A Recruiting Firm

Recruiting Firms

If you’ve made the decision to partner with a recruiting firm, you’re already on your way to securing qualified candidates ahead of your competition. However, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your relationship with an experienced recruiting firm. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to hire the talent you need and establish a long-term working relationship with your partnered recruiters.

Be open to advice

Consider why you decided to partner with a recruiting firm in the first place. In an effort to focus your time and passion on what you do best, you hire a professional team to fill your critical needs. So, it’s essential to your success as a team to lean on our experience and expertise. We spend thousands of hours researching the labor market and hiring statistics specific to your market. We know exactly what the cost of vacancy is for your team, what the cost of living is in your area, and how quickly you need to make an offer in order to secure the candidates you need. If you’re open to advise from your recruiting firm, it allows us to go to work for you as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Go in-depth on your expectations

The more information you can share the better. Don’t be afraid to get in-depth about the role, your team, and your company as a whole. We can be more successful in recruiting passive candidates if we have all the details about what makes this position great. Do you offer a flexible working environment? Is your department more team-oriented? Does this role require extensive experience in one area? Our favorite thing to do is to sell how awesome your company is, so this is the perfect time to pull out the humble brags!

Communicate effectively

Above all, effective communication is key to a successful relationship between you and your recruiting team. From our first call to closing the offer, the more open the lines of communication, the better. If a candidate’s experience quite didn’t match your expectations, detailed feedback will allow us to find someone who will. Did you have a stellar interview with a candidate that knocked your socks off? The sooner we know, the sooner we can pass that information along, which will set your company up for success. Especially if the candidate is juggling multiple offers.

Ready to take your hiring to the next level? Partner with Johnson Search Group to hire the qualified candidates you need to help your team succeed. Contact us today!